Tell Your Legislators, “It’s Time to Put MA Kids First!”


PutMAKidsFirst1-241x300Wheelock College is part of the Put MA Kids First coalition, an effort to advocate for quality early education and out-of-school time programs.

Last week, the MA House Ways and Means Committee released its budget proposal, which will be debated in the House starting on April 27th. The Committee’s budget proposes to provide $5 million for waitlist remediation and additional funding for early education providers to support quality improvements. As part of our multi-year campaign to support the retention of quality standards in early education and out-of-school-time programs, the Put MA Kids First coalition views this funding as a positive first step in a renewed commitment to our children. But we still have a long way to go.

To that end, the coalition is supporting two amendments to the House budget (below):

  • Amendment #579: Early Education and School Age Rate Reserve (Line item 1599-0042)
  • Amendment #1069: Early Ed Quality Programming (Line item 3000-7050)

These amendments would bring the Commonwealth a step closer to improving the quality of early education programs as well as stabilizing the early education field as part of the broader effort to improve educational outcomes for young children.

Please contact your State Representative and urge them to sign-on as a co-sponsor to these amendments! You can find out how here.

About the author:
Julie BolducJulie Bolduc DeFilippo is the Government and Community Relations Manager. She is a graduate of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Previously, she served as a Massachusetts state lobbyist at Charles Group Consulting, representing nonprofit organizations, associations and groups whose public policy and budget priorities serve the public good. As the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for Horizons for Homeless Children, Julie developed and launched “the Campaign for Young Homeless Children” in 2011. She began her career as an associate at the Dewey Square Group’s Washington DC and Boston offices, managing grassroots campaigns.